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Bentonite Clay

Bentonite  – Nature’s Miracle Clay

Healing clays have been used by cultures throughout history for their nutrients and to help rid the body of toxins. In recent times, healing clays like Bentonite Clay have once again been gaining popularity for internal and external detoxification for good reason. Food grade Bentonite Clay is a medicinal, powdered clay which is derived from deposits of weathered volcanic ash. Once hydrated (combined with water), Bentonite Clay has an enormous surface area. It swells and is stretched open like a highly porous sponge; the toxins are drawn into these spaces by the electrical attraction and bound fast. In fact, Bentonite Clay can absorb pathogenic viruses as well as pesticides and herbicides.  Technically speaking, the Bentonite Clay first absorbs toxins, attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper. Bentonite Clay’s negative charge is responsible for its amazing detoxifying properties: it is a magnet for many toxic elements present in the body (heavy metals, pesticides, and free radicals), which are positively charged. Bentonite clay is used as a natural skin care product to prevent or treat facial blemishes and minor abscesses.

It is one of the most effective, natural intestinal detoxifying agents available and has been recognized as such for centuries!

Pamper Yourself with a Bentonite Bath– Start by filling up the tub with enough comfortably hot water to cover your body and add a  ½  cup of Bentonite Clay. Keep the water moving using your hands or legs as paddles. Soak this way for 15 minutes. This can be done a MAXIMUM of 3 times per week. Try-Half cup Clay / Half cup Epsom Salt / Essential oil of your choice. Dissolve the Epsom salt in bath water and add essential oils if you like. Instructions for the clay: Quickly mix the clay into a small amount of water until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Do not use metal for mixing! Mix with a plastic spoon. Add the clay mix to the bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes.This bath is great for removing a lot of toxins as the clay binds to heavy metals and the Epsom salts help replenish magnesium levels.

 Bentonite clay also makes a great all natural toothpaste and mouthwash! It will provide a clean and healthy mouth WITHOUT the harmful chemicals found in many traditional oral hygiene products. To make toothpaste– blend all of these ingredients until they are smooth – 4 tbs. of coconut oil, 2 tbs. of bentonite clay, 2 tbs. of baking soda, ½ tsp. of natural green stevia, and 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil – then store this mixture in an airtight container, and use as you would any other toothpaste! This recipe tastes great and leaves your mouth minty fresh! Your teeth will feel clean and slick!

As a mouthwash mix ½ a teaspoon of clay with ¼ cup of water. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Swish in mouth for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with water and then repeat until the solution is finished.

Baby Powder Plain Bentonite Clay makes a very soothing baby powder for use when there is infection or redness. It can also be made into a clay “mask” to help speed recovery in this area.

Pure Bentonite Clay contains more than 70 essential trace minerals. Known for its amazing drawing properties, it will safely detoxify you of heavy metals and chemicals naturally. It has many uses and can be used internally and externally. One 5 lb. bag contains approximately 17 cups (272 Tablespoons). It also provides many health benefits for your animals as well!

 Yours in animal health,

Chris & Roger Richardson

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A delicious cranberry and pumpkin muffin recipe the whole family can enjoy!

Our pure Cranberry Powder is used for people, horses, cats and dogs to help maintain and support a healthy urinary tract and immune system.

Studies have shown cranberries help reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) by reducing platelet build up, thereby reducing blood pressure. Cranberries help your animal’s dental health by preventing certain bacteria from binding to teeth and it reduces tartar and plaque build-up and gum disease.

Research has shown cranberries can help in slowing tumor progression and have positive effects against many different forms of cancer.  Cranberries help fight Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s). The high level of antioxidants help keep the kidney free of bacteria that promote kidney stones and kidney disease.

Cranberry Pumpkin muffins- Ingredients     

2 eggs

½ cup oil of your choice, e.g. safflower, sunflower, olive, canola

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

1½ cups whole grain flour, e.g., oat or spelt; combinations of whole grain flours can also be used

1½ teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground carob

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon iodized sea salt (optional)

½ cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 375°F degrees then combine eggs, oil, and pumpkin puree in a food processor or blender. Add dry ingredients and whirl together until smooth. Fold in cranberry ground cranberries. Lightly grease mini muffin tins or line with paper cups, and fill each with muffin batter. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove muffins from oven and cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container or bag. This recipe can easily be doubled and the muffins freeze very nicely. For your human family members, add ½ cup of unpasteurized honey to the ingredient list.

Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin C and one cup contains at least 11mg. Vitamin C is a substance vital for its antioxidant and immune system supporting effects.  Pumpkin also contains lots of fiber and is composed of 90% water.

According to traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM), moisture-deficient pet foods can have a dehydrating (Yang) effect on the body as they require increased secretion of gastric acid and pancreatic enzymes to promote digestion. Consumption of water or the addition of moisture to foods help diminish this dehydrating effect. Adding pumpkin to each meal or serving it separately as a snack can promote a pet’s improved state of hydration and reduce heat in the body.

Yours in animal health,

Chris & Roger Richardson

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Fall Greetings Everyone!

With summer behind us and the cool fall weather here, now is the time to start preparing for the cold winter months ahead. Here in Southern California, we are very fortunate to have relatively mild winters (mostly rain and cold nights) unlike many of you who live in parts of the country where it gets bitter cold.
Our animals need extra protection in the winter, just like we do. Whether you have a large ranch, or an acre or two with a few barnyard critters, be sure your animals are safe and warm.First to consider is your water source. If you are fortunate enough to have a heated electric waterer or de-icer you won’t have to worry about water freezing. Otherwise, you can purchase a water heater from your local tack or farm supply store. Install and test them before freezing temperatures hit, to assure your animals will have a fresh water supply.

Also, check shelter areas, so that your animals can protect themselves from heavy drafts or wind from winter storms. Inspect roofs to make sure they are stable enough to hold heavy snow or ice.

You will want to have an ample food supply to last through the winter. Animals need to eat more in winter to provide calories for heat energy. Estimate hay needs and make sure to buy extra. With the very cold weather, you will need to increase daily feed to help your animals withstand frigid temperatures. It’s also very important to make sure your animals have a strong immune system this time of year, by providing supplements and nutritional products. We have several to choose from, including our popular Immune Boost which will supply all the vital nutrients necessary to keep your animals strong and healthy.
It is very important to assure your animals stay warm. Be sure to check your heat sources. Adequate bedding will help insulate a damp or cold floor. Inspect heat lamps to make sure they are in working order. Young, elderly or sick animals will need extra heat to keep them warm in freezing temperatures.Those of you that have poultry, gather eggs several times daily to help prevent them from freezing. Fresh eggs have a small amount of air space in them, but water expands when it freezes.

Don’t forget about your barn cats and outdoor dogs. Build them a cozy sleeping nest in a draft free part of the barn. Take a travel crate and surround it with baled hay or straw to provide a den-like setting. When temperatures are extremely low, outdoor dogs and cats should be kept indoors. When stocking up for winter supplies include feed for barn cats, stock dogs, and household pets. You don’t want to run out of cat litter when you are snowbound! Having a well thought out plan can help you prepare for unexpected emergencies and keep your animals safe and sound throughout the winter months.

We wish you a very happy fall season. Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your business very much.

Yours in animal health,
Chris and Roger Richardson

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The amazing health benefits of flaxseed – One of nature’s most perfect foods


 Great for people and animals!

Ok…it ‘s almost September ..remember that New Years’ resolution you made to eat better and get healthy?  Well, now’s your chance! 

Let’s talk “flax facts”

 Flaxseed is nutritionally unique and offers health benefits not found in other commonly eaten nuts or seeds. They are a great source of fiber. Most people do not get enough fiber in their diet and just 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed contains approximately 8 grams of fiber!

 The first unique feature is that flax is high in Omega 3 fatty acids.  These are the “good fats” shown to have cardiovascular “healthy heart” benefits.  Numerous studies have found that Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’S) provide anti inflammatory action as well as help decrease the risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). Intake of flaxseed has also been shown to decrease cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

The second unique feature is flaxseed contains lignans that provide antioxidant protection. Research indicates lignans help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. A study done in 2007 on menopausal women who added 2 Tablespoons of ground flax mixed into in juice, cereal or yogurt twice daily helped cut hot flashes in half and the intensity of them also dropped 57%. Lignans have also been found to prevent excessive inflammation and protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage.

The third unique feature is flaxseed has mucilage that can provide special support to the intestinal tract and helps improve absorption of certain nutrients in the small intestines. This greatly improves digestive health. Regular consumption of flax helps ward off colon cancer by promoting regular bowel movement and colon health by aiding in the elimination of toxins from the body.

We offer 5 pounds of  whole organic flax seed for people or  freshly ground organic flax seed. Flaxseed is best if it’s ground right before each use to retain its maximum nutritional value. We offer it whole so you can grind it fresh yourself, or if you prefer we cold stone grind it (to minimize nutrient destroying heat) the day we ship your order to you. You can store our freshly ground flax seed in the refrigerator or freezer to retain optimum freshness and nutritional value.


 As if that’s not enough…wait there’s more! Your animals……

Many of the same benefits that flaxseed provides for people also apply to your animals. For horses, flax is something that can help just about every horse in some way or another. The Omega 3 fatty acids enhances overall health in horses because it helps reduce inflammation and can relieve symptoms associated with sweet itch and other skin conditions and will also promote a nice shiny coat. Because of the mucilage, it works well for sand removal for horses in lieu of psyllium. Flaxseed’s anti inflammatory properties also help with arthritis or joint stiffness. It also boosts the immune system and helps regulate thyroid function, making it an ideal supplement for metabolic horses as well as aging horses.

The same holds true for dogs and cats. Flax can also alleviate symptoms associated with allergies. It’s also a great digestive aid with lots of fiber. Adding whole organic flaxseed to poultry feed will not only produce more eggs, but great tasting larger omega rich eggs. It also helps provide strong feathers and vibrant color. Flaxseed is great for your other barnyard critters as well.

With all these amazing benefits why wouldn’t you and your animals eat flax? Our beautiful golden organic flaxseed comes fresh to us from North Dakota. North Dakota is considered “flax capital of the world”. Start slow & build up the dose – you can add ground flax to cooked oatmeal, cereal, pancake batter, yogurt, soups, chili, smoothies, and bake it in breads and muffins too! Every order of whole or fresh ground flaxseed includes several delicious recipes to help you incorporate flax into your diet.Order some today and enjoy the many health benefits flax seed can provide!

Yours in animal health,

Chris & Roger Richardson

Here’s  some comments from a happy customer:

Thank you! We ordered this back in March and have been giving to our Pug twice a day. He has terrible allergies and I have to say, this has helped his skin/coat tremendously. His coat was very dull looking and full of dry flaky patches (easy to see on black fur) but things are looking much better now. He is allergic to salmon, so Flax is the only way we can get him the Omegas that he needs. This product is great quality and we can see the positive effects in our Doug the Pug! Thanks again.

“Thanks for the feedback Doug the Pug”. We are happy to help!

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